Focusing On the Lord and My Writing 2022

2021 has been a fast year

2020 felt like 5 years in 1.

Here’s to 2022 being a great year!

“fo·cus”: an act of concentrating interest or activity on something.

I’m choosing, as I mentioned in my last post, to focus. I’m focusing on the Lord and I’m focusing on the two classes I’m taking. I’m also choosing to focus on my book project. The two classes I’m taking will definitely help with my book, as I was reminded by some really sweet people in my last post.

Writing has always been an outlet for me. I remember in the fourth grade being asked to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up. And while I can’t remember what I wrote about, I DO remember that I loved putting pencil/pen to paper. Telling stories was something I felt I was good at.

I hit some roadblocks throughout the years (including writer’s block) but the writing never truly left me. It was ME who left IT!

However, I’ve recently returned to my first love and cant wait to see where 2022 takes me. in terms of my writing.

Happy New Year!

My Word for 2022….

…Focus.

I struggle with focus because of my ADHD and bipolar disorder. I get distracted fairly easily. I am trying to work on writing a book and not only can I not focus but I can’t find the right words sometimes. Simple words…everyday words…and then I struggle with not being able to figure out those words because I can’t truly focus.

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

Colossians 3:2

Well 2022 is going to be a better year. I’m going to do my level best to focus more. And more importantly? I’m going to focus on God more than I did in 2021. I know that by going to Him more and getting back into His Word that my focus will get better.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8

Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3

I have fallen away…it’s time to come back and focus on what is truly important.

Attention Fellow Writers!

As all of you know, I will be taking a couple classes in the spring at my local community college. Creative Writing and Introduction to English Lit. Not going to lie…I’m getting extremely nervous…why? I have no idea. I guess it’s just because I really want to do well. I’m afraid I don’t have what it takes….

Anyway, I need some advice….tips, examples, ideas…etc. Anything you think will help me as I start these two classes. 🙂

I lack self confidence (no shock there, lol) so if you can think of some tips to build my confidence that’d be great too.

I’ve been trying to come up with some story ideas to help me with Creative Writing. I have several that I’m hoping I can build on.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Don’t Follow the World’s Standards

Your actions speak so loud, I can’t hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I wish I was popular” so I find the newest clothing item that all the cool kids are wearing.

“I just want to feel included.” so I start using curse words to fit in with how they talk.

“I wish I was smart enough…good enough…pretty enough.

Everyone wants to feel included when it comes to certain situations. We don’t want to get laughed at, talked about or looked down upon. So we dress differently, we speak differently and go through many different changes in order to fit in.

I’ve been struggling at work lately, trying to fight Satan as he convinces me that I really do want to feel included with the non believers.

I’ve been giving in to this desire every day. I find myself becoming more OF the world rather than just IN the world.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect

Romans 12:2

This world is such a hot mess. So much evil. So much negativity. It’s become a self absorbed world. A quote I found from Billy Graham really hit home.

As Christians, of course, we must live in the world. We must infiltrate the world with a purpose to help win the world. But we are not to participate in the evils of the world. There are certain things that a Christian must say no to—in politics, in the shop, in the office. We must show that we are citizens of another world, and many times we may suffer misunderstanding and persecution because of it.

Billy Graham.

Once again I feel like I’m focusing too much on what people think and whether or not I’m measuring up to their standards. It shouldn’t be this way. It shouldn’t be me trying to be like others. It should be ME being the person GOD created me to be. I’m trying so hard to fit in when I should be listening to God and remembering that He created me in His own image. He loves me and He longs to have that relationship with me. And here I am, pretending to be someone I really am not.

How are we to spread the love of God to the world when we are distracted by the same world?

The Real Reason for Christmas

Can you believe its already Christmas? 2021 went by….real fast. (2020 felt like 5 years in 1, lol)

Anyway, today as we celebrate the real reason we celebrate Christmas, may we always remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

It’s not about any gifts except for one…Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The Birth of Jesus

At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The Shepherds and Angels

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
    and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Deny yourself. — Through Faith & Grace

Matthew 16 reads: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. 26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the […]

Deny yourself. — Through Faith & Grace

What Role Does God Have For You? — Heather Quiroz

He is the one who will build a house for me…(1 Chronicles 17:12) The LORD loved David, but it wouldn’t be David who would build God’s temple. God chose his son Solomon to do it instead. David was zealous for God. His intentions were pure, but God’s purpose for him was not to build a place […]

What Role Does God Have For You? — Heather Quiroz

Inspiration

Finding inspiration can be hard sometimes. Maybe it’s hard because we look in all the wrong places. We search and search only to come up empty handed.

For me, finding inspiration to write can be so difficult. As a writer who is not only ADHD but bipolar as well, finding the words can be, well, tough. I get distracted…I lose focus…the brain fog sets in and words just won’t come.

These past couple of weeks I’ve been writing…and writing…and well, I’ve been writing. However, I can’t seem to write meaningful words.

My creative writing class starts January 10. I’m looking forward to getting the creative juices flowing again.

Through this class I hope to find that inspiration again. Because the Lord gave me this talent and I am not going to waste it. Not anymore.

A little excerpt from what I wrote today:

I’ve lost my way. And I think that is why I’ve lost the words. In order to find the right words, I need to find my way back to God. Finding my way back to God is the answer. Finding my way back into His loving arms is what I need to do before I can even think about writing. 

Writing My Life Story

I was on a roll today with my writing! I have started a daily word count in Google Sheets. I managed to write 1,983 words today! (and ironically…that is the year of my birth! Which, I know doesn’t mean anything, I just thought it was cool.)

Writing means a lot to me. It has saved me. It has inspired me. It has gotten me through some really tough times.

Will I have a good day tomorrow in terms of my word count? Who knows? Maybe and maybe not! But I’m not going to let it bring me down. Well, I’ll try not to.

In other news, my doctor has switched me to Zoloft. I was on it years ago for my depression and while it seemed to work I think I became immune or something so I was put on Lexapro. Honestly, it was so long ago that I can’t really remember why I was taken off of it.

The following paragraph was found on Facebook. I thought by posting it on here that it can show people how bad depression can be. But it also reminds us that it is okay not to be okay!

I suffer from depression and it’s not a good place to be 💔😢. Sometimes people don’t believe me when I tell them. I struggle; It can be hard to live with me & to be around me when I get like this and I know it. I try my best to control it. I manage to be strong but sometimes I break. So if you see me very quiet, I’m not being rude, I’m not mad at you, you’re not bothering me, I may just need a minute to myself. It’s okay to not be okay, tell someone you’re not okay. (It’s okay). Hopefully, some friends will put this on their wall. Awareness Is POWER…You just have to copy…Thank you 💚 In Support Of Mental Health Awareness 💚

It’s okay to not be okay! Remember that! And if you ever need someone to talk to please reach out to me! You don’t have to suffer in silence or alone.

Consistently Inconsistent.

I’m so consistently inconsistent. Especially with my writing. On here, in my journals…I can go weeks without even writing a sentence….

….then something changes….

I’ll jump back in… but then I struggle. Again. The words just won’t come. Brain fog hits and I suppose that’s why I fall back out of writing. I get discouraged.

I want to write. I want to write!!!

I came across some quotes to help writers…

If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then YOU must write it

Toni Morrison

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L’Amour

One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.

Jack Kerouac

You fail only if you stop writing

Ray Bradbury

And my favorite?

Creative Writing is like a muscle: Use it or lose it.

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I need to exercise my creative writing muscle. 🙂

I have signed up for two English classes at my local community college. They are online classes so that I don’t have to change my schedule at work.

Creative Writing and Introduction to English Literature. Classes start January 10. I’m really looking forward to learning more about writing creatively.